Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Few Things!

Hello friends!
Yippee -- it's almost Friday again!

Hope you had a good week!
We're drifting back into warm and humid weather again after
 a very cool front blew through last weekend.


Happy news --my hydrangeas
are finally starting to get more flower buds!
I've been watching and waiting all summer --
only 3 blooms to date.
But, there are at least 6 heading toward blooming.
When we had frost warnings last weekend,
I camped out to keep the plants warm and toasty!
It worked!  Am hoping to see some beautiful flowers very soon!


Have you seen or heard about this app?
Evidently Tom Hanks loves the old clickety-clack sound
typewriters made in the good old days!
Seriously -- who doesn't love that sound!
Sooooo, being Tom Hanks and all, 
he (or someone he knows) made an app for iPads
called the Hanx Writer
It is super cool
and available at the app store.

logo Instapaper freshens up with a new logo, website redesign and text highlighting feature

In other techy-type news -- which is kind of beyond
my skill set -- have you heard of Instapaper?
I think my son told me about it. I signed up for a weekly email
with links to the most popular articles/music of the week.
  It comes with little blurbs
so I don't have to read the whole thing if I don't want to.
Some really great articles that I totally would have missed otherwise!

Soooo, what's up for your weekend?
We plan on doing some volunteering for a local
homeless shelter, some shopping (baby needs new shoes) and
maybe hit the Applejack Festival!
Hope some apple crisp or cobbler is
in my future.
Have a fun weekend y'all!
xoxo


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cboo's Bday!


Connor, Maddy and Walt
Last Monday was Connor's (aka Cboo's) birthday!
He turned 27!  

Walt helped him open gifts!
Just like when he was a little guy,
Connor is a joy to be around, a wonderful son and brother,
and we love him to pieces!

Please excuse our messy table!  Had to get that photo fast!
We went out to eat to celebrate!
Am sure at least some of you (you know who you are) are aware
of the state of my cooking abilities, 
and that is why we go out for birthdays! 
Ha!
Philip and Catherine

We had a great time celebrating with him, Philip and Catherine 
and the littles.

Time for ice cream!
Mr. Tennis was at a meeting out of town
and only made back it in time for ice cream
and Connor's freebie dessert -- 
Chocolate Excess!
Yes, I forced nudged him to choose that one
so that he could share, and indeed, he did share it with
all of us!


What is Chocolate Excess you ask?
It's a
triple fudge brownie adorned with walnuts and shards of chocolate.  
Served warm with the finest French vanilla ice cream, 
ribbons of hot fudge and a splash of Kahlua! 
It is seriously divine!
Yum!!!!!
Janie was busy with her ice cream and
mugging for the camera!
Just realized I missed getting a photo of little Mr. Harry!
He was extremely busy eating and
devoured his ice cream!
So fun to have the whole family together!

Happy Birthday Connor!



Friday, September 5, 2014

Yippee Skippee!

Hello Friends!
Yippee Skippee Friday!


Is it just me or do the weeks when we have a Monday 
holiday seem even longer??

And, did I tell I am back at work??
Yes I surely am!
The office administrator for Mr. Tennis 
left for a new law firm and I was drafted! :)
It's very, very different than my prior
law office -- much smaller, so I need  to wear lots
of hats (some days none really fit me).
It's an adjustment.
The best news is that I can arrange 
my hours around Maddy's school schedule.

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks blog.
In other unrelated news,
we just heard that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit 
has returned to Disney Land!
Oh my gosh -- he is one of our favorites!
Fingers crossed he goes to DisneyWorld too!
(Note Maddy's Oswald hat above -- we love that crazy rabbit)!

And, what are you doing this weekend?
More de-weeding is on my agenda -- have moved
decluttering off for a while to attack weeds!
Perhaps a little high school football Friday night 
will be in order.
Definitely a chocolate covered donut on Saturday or Sunday or both.
I'll get one for you too!
Happy Weekend!
xoxo

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hellooooo September!

Hello September!
Bye-bye summer!


But really, I don't consider summer to be totally over
until it is officially fall -- which I believe will be later this month.

Oh yes, Husker football started on Saturday -- how
could I forget to mention something 
sooooo important!!! :)


Did you all have a good long Labor Day weekend?
Yes??
We did too!

Finally, after trying to get together at the pool 
All. Summer. Long.
we were able to have Jodee and Kamree
meet us on the next to last day the pool was open!
And even then, it almost didn't happen!
It was rainy in the morning  -- 
but . . . 
the weather cleared, the sun came out and it was HOT!


We had so much fun with those two
and bonus -- the pool was not crowded at all!
Maddy and Kam jumped off the diving board,
dove for diving sticks, splashed a lot 
and had a few snacks!
Perfect! 

Jodee and I were able to chit-chat a little.
Have I mentioned how much I've missed her and my 
friends/co-workers
since leaving the office?
I hate to talk about it as it makes me a little sad.
So, moving on . . . 
Ready, set, jump!
Storms rolled back in late afternoon with lightning, thunder, hail 
and torrential rain and even tornadoes nearby!  
On yes, the weather in Nebraska is always
entertaining (and sometimes scary)!
Perfect ending to August.
Looking forward to some cooler 
lovely temps for September!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Birthdays!

I'm not quite sure just how we got to 
the end of August already! 
Boo hoo!!  
Summer -- please don't go!

What a great cake smash!  Borrowed this photo from his sweet parents!

But, before we let August slip away,
we must celebrate a few August family birthdays!
First, we have baby Harry, the youngest grandson!
His first birthday was a couple of weeks ago.
He is simply little Mr. Adorable -
his sweet face matches his very sweet disposition!
He's standing on his own and ready to walk -- 
the only problem is that he can get where he's going faster
crawling!  Seriously, he is a little speed demon!

Just after Harry's birthday
was my younger sister, Amy's birthday!
Wish we could have seen her for her birthday -
we need to do some celebrating!
Gin and tonics for all, right Amy?! :)


Then just last week, it was Big Al's birthday
my Dad, Al, that is!
Maddy and I were so happy to see him earlier 
this month.
He just turned 91! 


Al, in earlier years, working on the train at the Henry Doorly zoo after his retirement
from the real railroad!

Happy Birthday Harry, Amy and Al!
You are all so very special!
xoxo

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Quick Little Trip!

Maddy and I had a quick trip at the start of 
August to Cincinnati to see my sister, her husband
and my Dear Old Dad -- a/k/a Al!


It was really great to see them and spend a few days there.  
They have a  beautiful home and have
been so wonderful to have my
Dad living with them!
What a sweet blessing!

The weather was perfect and Cincinnati is an 
incredible big city!
Big cities just feel different, don't they?
Busy and exciting!


While Maddy will readily admit that 
she is not really a cat person,
Karen's cats were really fun and 
funny!
Hmmm -- could a cat be in our future?


I don't think so as Miss Muffy would not be 
happy about that at all! 

Thanks for hosting us Karen, Russ and Al!
We miss you all!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

7th Grade!

7th Grade has started!

It was an exciting and short first day of
school -- they started at 8 am and were out at 11 am!
Pretty good plan -- especially for a
certain 7th grader!


It was exciting to be back to school, 
see friends, meet new teachers
and
end up totally confused by the 
switching of classes every 45 minutes plus homework!
Seriously -- homework the first couple days - no fair! ;)

The first week was a bit of a challenge for
Miss M, but she came through and we
know next week will be even better!

Retake of first day of school with her plaid uniform skirt! 
Bonus this year --
her school finally has 
air conditioning!
After cool temps earlier in August, the heat and humidity
ratcheted up to near 100! 
Oy!

Now, where's that arctic plunge when you really need it?  
:)